A swan sanctuary has come up with a novel way to make life more comfortable for its residents.
The Swan Rescue Centre in Wychbold, Worcestershire, has laid down a lawn of artificial turf to massage the feet of its fowl.
Jan Harrigan, who runs the centre from her home, said the turf helped the healing process of her injured birds by softening the concrete ground.
The project, which has cost several thousand pounds, has been funded by a generous donor to the charity.
Ms Harrigan said: "It wasn't good for the swans to be walking on concrete all the time.
"The hard surface made them feel uncomfortable and uneasy which wasn't good for them."
The Worcestershire pensioner, who has been made an MBE for her work at the sanctuary, cares for up to 600 injured birds a year.
There are also volunteers to help manage her bird hospital and a vet to deal with serious cases.
"It was the vet who suggested that it would be medically beneficial to lay down artificial turf for the birds. It was found that the concrete caused problems for the birds' feet and was noticeably hindering their recovery," she said.
Ms Harrigan has spent decades helping injured ducks, geese and swans and said she was determined to continue for as long as possible.
She added: "The whole business is about bringing them in, making them better and sending them back."